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WHAT COULD CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY OFFER TO THE DISCIPLINES OF THE LAW?

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This essay was presented as the 2015 McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lecture at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University.

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1 Brecht Martin, Martin Luther, vol. 1, His Road to Reformation, 1483–1521, trans. Schaaf James L. (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1985), 460.

2 Kaufman Gordon, In Face of Mystery: A Constructive Theology (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993), part 4; see generally Kaufman Gordon, The Theological Imagination: Constructing the Concept of Ground (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1981).

3 Tillich Paul, Systematic Theology, vol. 1, Reason and Revelation, Being and God (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1951), part 2, 2B.

4 Cusanus Nicolaus, De visione Dei, in Philosophisch-theologische Schriften, ed. Gabriel Leo, trans. Dupré D. and Dupré W., 3 vols. (Vienna: Herder, 1967), 3:93219 ; McGinn Bernard, The Harvest of Mysticism in Medieval Germany, 1300 to 1500, vol. 4, The Presence of God (New York: Crossroad, 2005), chapter 10.

5 On Dionysios Areopagita, Thomas Aquinas, and others, see Rorem Paul, Pseudo-Dionysius: A Commentary on the Texts and an Introduction to their Influence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993).

6 See, for example, Bultmann Rudolf, Glauben und Verstehen, vol. 1 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1933), 2637 ; Pannenberg Wolfhart, Wissenschaftstheorie und Theologie (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1973), 304–55.

7 Halfwassen Jens, “Gott im Denken: Warum die Philosophie auf die Frage nach Gott nicht verzichten kann,” in Gott – Götter – Götzen, ed. Schwöbel Christoph (Leipzig: EVA, 2013), 187–96.

8 See Aristotle, Metaphysics, trans. Tredennick Hugh, Loeb Classical Library 287 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1935), vol. 1, book 12, 1072b, especially pp. 19–32; see Welker Michael, God the Spirit, new edition (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2013), 283302 .

9 Welker, God the Spirit, 147–58 and 228–39.

10 See Welker Michael, God the Revealed: Christology, trans. Stott Douglas W. (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2013).

11 Prodi Paolo, Eine Geschichte der Gerechtigkeit: Vom Recht Gottes zum modernen Rechtsstaat, trans. Seeman Annette (Munich: Beck, 2003), 14 (German translation) (author's English translation).

12 Whitehead Alfred North, Process and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology, ed. Griffin David Ray and Sherburne Donald W. (Free Press: New York, 1978), 105.

13 I unfold this in my Heidelberg farewell lecture, Gottes Gerechtigkeit,” Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 56, no. 4 (2014): 409–21.

14 See Welker Michael, “The Power of Mercy in Biblical Law,” Journal of Law and Religion 29, no. 2 (2014): 225–35.

15 See, in this regard, Fishbane Michael, Sacred Attunement: A Jewish Theology (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008); see especially the epilogue, 206–9.

16 See Kaveny Cathleen, Law's Virtues: Fostering Autonomy and Solidarity in American Society (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2012). For a global challenge in general education for an ethos of human rights see Witte JohnJr. and Alexander Frank, Christianity and Human Rights: An Introduction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010); see also the contributions on Rechtsethik, Politische Ethik, Ethik des Sozialen, und Ethik der Kultur in Huber Wolfgang, et al. , eds., Handbuch der Evangelischen Ethik (Munich: Beck, 2015).

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